Public Attitude Towards Rape Crime and the Treatment of Its Victims in Delhi City

Vibha Hetu*

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This chapter sets out to explore whether the lineage of social change and social development has led to any change in public attitudes towards female rape victims. People campaigned for the amendments in the rape laws and raised their voices to support concern for the security and dignity of women but overlooked the reality of the attitudes that victims face when they seek help. Victims are continued to be seen as a scar on the fabric of society which bears strong cultural and social norms echoing patriarchal values. The research study collected data from a sample of 130 family members of female victims of rape and 100 people from areas where rapes were predominantly reported in Delhi City. The findings that follow are that: those sampled reacted insensitively to the victims of rape. In addition to this they increased control over their female family members fearing that they would be raped. For those in the study, rape continues to be viewed as bringing shame to victims and their families.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Emerald Handbook of Feminism, Criminology and Social Change
EditorsSandra Walklate, Kate Fitz-Gibbon, JaneMaree Maher, Jude McCulloch
Place of PublicationBingley
PublisherEmerald Publishing
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781787699557
ISBN (Print)9781787699564
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jul 2020
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameEmerald Studies in Criminology, Feminism and Social Change

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